Posted by: lisetta | October 31, 2010

“I-tie” food

I’m spending the evening with a film I’ve always wanted to see: Breaking Away. Released in 1979, it’s a story of a small town teen obsessed with cycling and Italian. His working-class father doesn’t get it. I’m only 30 minutes in, but a hilarious moment of synchronicity compels me to stop eating my dinner and write here. Here’s the scene’s transcript:

(In the dining room, the wife is sitting at the table and the husband is standing over his plate.)

Husband: What is this?

Wife: It’s, um, sauteed zucchini.

Husband: It’s I-tie food!I don’t want no I-tie food.

Wife: It’s not. I -uh – I got it at the A&P. It’s like – uh-  squash.

Husband: I know I-tie food when I hear it. It’s all them ini foods: zucchini and linguini and fettucini. I want some American food, dammit. I want french fries.

Cat meows

Wife: Oh get off the table, Fellini

Husband: That’s my cat! Name is Jake, not Fellini. I won’t have any ini in this house. (Turns to the cat) Your name is Jake, you understand?

Cat meows

Here’s what I was eating while watching the scene:

Baked zucchini gratin

I’d mandolined some zucchine, and layered it in a baking pan with romano and parmigiano cheese, fresh basil and parsley (from my garden, which is still growing, believe it or not), and two beaten eggs. I baked it at 375 for 20-30 minutes and called it a homecoming meal. Since starting my new job in New York City, I really haven’t been cooking all that much. I have, however, been collecting photos. Here are a few:

 

St. John's: where I ate lunch on day one.

 

My lunchtime companion

View from my new office. Literally. I turn from my computer and see this view. I love it.

 

I wonder why someone left bags of dried pasta on the bench at the subway station on 116 and Broadway. Time stops in the subway. It's fascinating.

Back in Philly, hopping a cab at 30th Street station, stunned by the beauty of the world around me. I've grown to think of it as home.

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Responses

  1. Lisetta! Great to see you posting (and coming up for air)! Beautiful photos – your view is amazing. The movie sounds pretty funny. I heart I-tie. 🙂


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